Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) on Monday afternoon has already claimed 684 lives, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said the number of fatalities reached 684 as of 3:30 p.m.
With the figure, the NDRRMC count surpassed the figures of the Philippine Red Cross, which stood at 652 as of Sunday evening.
Ramos said most of the fatalities were from Region 10. He said many of the bodies found were already decomposing. Of the number, 336 from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental; 279 from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte; and 17 from Bukidnon Province.
Ramos also said they have lost count of the number of missing people. Earlier, he said they are still reconciling reports on the number of missing people. “We lost count of how many are missing,” he said.